A week in the Wilderness.
A last minute strike mission into the Southern Alps to climb and ski the iconic peak.
It was a multi day saga, but we struck it hot and got home at 4am on Monday morning, chalking it up as a huge success of a weekend.
Here's a quick little taste..
The conditions haven't been ideal for skiing lately so we decided to use a small weather window and get into the Southern Alps.
When skiing isn't an option, or if the conditions are poor, the Hawea river wave is a go-to location for an off the hill session.
I was lucky enough to get asked on the annual Mt Aspiring College mountaineering and climbing trip as an third instructor.
Cook National Park is special because it holds New Zealands highest mountain (Aoraki/Mount Cook) which sits at 3724m in the heart of the Southern Alps.
The track climbs straight up from the valley floor near Mt Cook Village, one popular stop on the grunt up is; the Sealy Tarns, which are a little group of key hole lakes, and right next to them is the epic picnic table above.
We headed up to the infamous Mueller Hut; one of New Zealands many spectacular alpine huts.
Mueller sits on a really cool plateau with a breathtaking surrounding amphitheater.
The crashes and booms the ice falls make are echoed right around you. If you can quickly catch one before the sound waves hit you then you are in for a treat.
It was crampons and ice axes from the bottom of the track after the storms.
The next day we wanted to get some time on the rock...
Due to the dry weather and south facing rock walls the possiblities were endless. We were climbing in T shirts with snow all around us.
We had just packed up the vans and started heading home as the weather came in. It ended up being a super successful trip, and we were peaking to tick off what we were able to do in the window we had!
I woke early, ground up a wild mixture of fruits and vegetables and took my classic smoothie to-go.
I grabbed the kit and headed out for an early morning fly fish (I can't tell you the spot exactly ;) I had an amazing morning out in the river surrounded by some of Wanaka's best scenery.
It was super special for me to go for a ski tour right out the backyard, and could only do so because of two early storms that left low snow cover, and a chance for me to ski for the first time ever on my birthday.
To get a ski tour in the sunset on the low lying hills was something that'll stick with me, I'm sure!